East Ridge High School (ERHS) presented a school-wide project, “Honoring Our Heritage” on Friday.
East Ridge High School has a diverse student population, with 20 foreign countries represented. Organizers said, "Because some of our students came to ERHS from a foreign country unable to speak English, we wanted to create a project to solidify us as a student body. Our goal was to show the strength in diversity and the true meaning of being a Pioneer. We used digital arts as a universal means of communicating who we are and what we stand for." Students created a visual art presentation of each country, travel brochures, flags, and digital biome presentations.
In addition, the English-as-Second-Language teacher, Mrs.
Raven Cleveland, along with her students created a documentary on heritages. The documentary was shown to all students, followed by tours of the countries’ information booths. Students received a “passport” to use for their visits. Background music during the tours was provided by the ERHS band and chorus.
East Ridge High School would like to thank the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for sponsoring the grant which allowed it to purchase iMac computers and video equipment. In addition, officials thanked other donors, Commissioner Tim Boyd, ERHS PTSA, ERHS teachers, and Berry Construction Company.